with you. will still not know she will. tell you new story in this hour an unnamed employee at the international chemical weapons watchdog cast doubt on the group's official report into a disputed chemical attack in syria also about a correspondent standing by also the headlines this morning imus and cries foul after a multi-billion dollar pentagon contract for an artificial intelligence project went to its rival microsoft. hong kong's pro-democracy movement takes a break from protests and heads for a big win in closely watched local elections happen yesterday exults coming out now seen as a litmus test for beijing. by
the monday morning here in moscow this 25th of november welcome to the program live from the r.t. world news center is kevin though in with his update 1st not just mentioned in those headlines a whistleblower is casting doubt on the way the international chemical weapons watchdog handled last year's alleged chemical attack in the syrian city of duma you may recall it made so many headlines that a leaked internal e-mail now from an unnamed employee at the o.p.c. w. claims the organization cherry picked and misrepresented facts in its official report released by wiki leaks coincides with the o.p.c. w.'s 5 day conference in the hague which starts in a few hours time will be across but. correspondents easier for us he goes down of a morning what is this o p c w stuff a claim that in a bit more detail. well kevin 1st of all just to.
just to not misrepresent anything myself the o.p.c. w. meeting in the hague they will not be discussing this whistleblowers at least this is not on the agenda what is on the agenda is routine administrative stuff stuff but this whistleblower is email is the event in the room and really it does overshadow the whole work of the o.p.c. w. the past year because indeed he this whistleblower he author of that report that you would talking about on this 2018 chemical attack in the syrian city of duma and essentially what he's saying is that the final version of this report it manipulates facts that essentially what experts provided to the o.p.c. w. it was something entirely different compared to what this chemical watchdog put forward as the final report listen to an a to one of the abstracts from that e-mail and how that person describes their feelings about the final version of the report. after reading the modified report i
was struck by how much it misrepresents the facts an unintended bias has been introduced into the report undermining its credibility crucial facts have morphed into something quite different what was originally drafted. well also just to give you a bit of background as to what happened indeed a lot of headlines made by that chemical attack and 20 there were very dramatic pictures of children suffocating and the west century the united states the u.k. and france they were very quickly to assign the blame they blame the syrian government for the attack and of even launched air strikes against the syrian army's facilities and then the o.p.c. w. was tasked with finding out what happened there it was not tasked to assign the blame but it was tasked to find out what exactly happened there and apparently the final report did not really represent what the experts on the ground by the way the o.p.c. w. . experts didn't even get there right away there was a lot of time
a lot of time passed like a like a couple of weeks until the o.p.c. w. experts were able to get on site and of essentially the whistleblowers now is demanding that the full report that the initial version of the report is being shown to the public. i'm requesting that the fact finding report be released in its entirety as i fear that this redacted version no longer reflects the work of the team. now as the o.p.c. w. was not assigned to it was not tasked with assigning blame i should say it did provide a very crucial detail that would have allowed to assign blame for for everybody else for instance the key arguments about the syrian army being behind this attack was that the canisters that the canisters carrying the deadly chlorine gas that they fell from above and only assad has the has the opportunity to do so and the opposition doesn't doesn't have aircraft doesn't have any air force and apparently
the whistleblower is saying that initially the facts provided to the report did not say that those that those canisters that fell from above were indeed that they indeed came from above i should say but the final report well something changed there. the redacted report states that the gas was likely released from the cylinders the original report purposely emphasized the fact that there was insufficient evidence to affirm this. so you can see that a lot of discrepancies being pointed out by this whistleblower and certainly will be interesting to see if that makes shock waves across the this gathering in the hague and whether or not it will stage of this administrative routine stuff that is in the agenda whether or not they will address this leak somehow the ok go thanks piers of course but he goes down no. no no the sort of across through the day if there's one thing. seems amazon doesn't like that's losing the internet giants
formally launched a legal challenge against the u.s. defense department after rival microsoft beat the firm to clinch a very lucrative data contract the decision surprised analysts who thought that it the bag but the road was more about money apparently as saskia taylor reports next . amazon and white christmas oft 2 giants that have changed the way we experience the world. yes warm and fuzzy ads to appeal to our pockets over the holiday season but it turns out the real money that goes softer is the pentagon's own given the u.s. military spends over $600000000000.00 annually it's unsurprising there's a battle for the big contracts so head to head and microsoft have been vying for
the pentagon prize of $10000000.00 over the next 10 years the contract in question is for the jet die project and ambitious event that would allow the pentagon to stall sensitive data on a single large cloud it would also allow the military to take full advantage of fishel intelligence tools tools which have drawn concern from ethical watchdogs for their lethal potential in guiding missiles and drones amazon thought it had its foot in the door not only is it the lead in the wilds of cloud computing it's also made $600000000.00 from its dealings with the cia since 2013 so you can understand the shock when microsoft was crowned and amazon's not happy it's so unhappy in fact that it's filed a lawsuit saying that it was passed over at the recommendation of
a certain donald trump we believe is critical for our country that the government and its elected leaders administer procurement subjectively and in a minute is free from political influence numerous aspects of the joint enterprise defense infrastructure evaluation process contain clear deficiencies there is an unmistakable by. and it's important that these matters be examined and rectified it's true trump and bezos have rarely exchanged a kind word the president argues that amazon is swindling the u.s. postal service out of money and doesn't pay enough tax he's also not a fan of the bezel so and washington post whose printing press is pretty hot from all its anti trump coverage so we're probably wasn't hard to guess who trump was not going to throw his support behind we're getting tremendous. really complaints from other companies and from great companies some of the greatest companies in the world are complaining about it having to do with amazon and the department of
defense and i will be asking them to look at it very closely to see what's going on because i have had very few things where it is really such complaining i mustn't think that there is evidence of undue influence something both microsoft and the pentagon deny the acquisition process was conducted in accordance with the political laws and regulations in law for his retreated fairly and evaluated consistently with the solicitation stated evaluation criteria we have confidence in the qualified staff of the department of defense and we believe the facts will show they've been a details process in determining the need to the will fight to a best man by microsoft but while these companies fight it out for the pentagon's affections others have been more reticent last year outrage was sparked after it emerged google was cooperating with the department of defense on a project that helped the army identify drone targets over $3000.00 employees
signed a petition calling for the trial of more ality over money and ultimately resulting in the search engine not renewing the contract we believe that google should not be in the business of war building this technology to assist the u.s. government in military surveillance and potentially lethal outcomes is. not acceptable so while some battle with their conscience and mothers refuse to accept lost fortunes for microsoft it's been a golden autumn with its war chest filled by a milestone contract shares jumped 3 percent and to top it all off bill gates has recently returned to his favorite position the wilds of richest man rumor has it even helped jeff bezos clear his desk. brian burke of from the antiwar answer coalition told us the pentagon's always considered to be a solid business partner no more the war. amazon's lawsuit represents indicates the cutthroat competition between the mega monopoly corporations that are competing
with each other to become an appendage of the pentagon big technology companies know that in order to really prosper and thrive in the american economy you have to affix yourself to pentagon spending because the lion's share the majority of discretionary budgeting each year in this massive federal budget actually goes for death and destruction for the u.s. military machine so this is not simply a matter of war the defense department and the contracts this is it this is business and in america war is very profitable and war contracting very very profitable big vote in hong kong over the last 24. of the pro-democracy candidates there it seems are on course to secure a landslide victory in the chinese to trees district council elections over a record number of voters flocked to the polls yesterday votes are still being counted but it's being reported that the opposition has won 90 percent of the
$452.00 seats being contested putting them in control than of 17 out of the 18 districts thus far it's the 1st election since those violent protests erupted there in june and is widely seen as a vote on how the pro beijing government is handling the rest are position leaders say the result sends a clear message the authorities and the demonstrators demands must be taken seriously huge win means the pro-democracy bloc will get a big a say than on the election committee that selects hong kong's next chief current leader says she hopes the territory won't return to the chaos of late and for the city to have a fresh start the streets are notably quiet polling day compared to what hong kong said to endure in recent months. thank you. how was.
i. we spoke with hong kong based economist benjamin cho about whether or not he thinks the lull in the unrest is going to last all. on one hand the leader's security measures police chief. weak words are dead ahead both sides can actually call for a cease fire peace and courage to tell it that actions and the actions of the rioters are high because you need to climb trees. having no mosque might be even better people breaching lost most of these elections is not directly impact much the majority of. north that you actually see for the next few exactly so i
expect why it's could still go on respect people that you actually results expression of ultimate intention up that right is not just up all the well failed but on a global political competition between powerful nations if you. want us to smalling it. this is ahead though maybe to stay for it when it comes to women seems not everyone's a big deal in germany as the countries go to renewables industry's been dealt a big blow we'll tell you what the blow is really quickly. what politicians do usually to. put themselves on the line to get accepted or rejected. so when you want to express injury. or some want to be rich. that you'd like to be 1st which is what before reasonable people. interested
again from moscow good morning american academia seems to have inclusiveness issues these days as conservative lecturers who could report are increasingly being shut out by student protesters several were arrested last wednesday where more than a 1000 california university students try to block a conservative pundit from speaking on campus and buckley more from marty's caleb. these are supposed to be a place for learning getting a useful degree and exploring certain ideas however lately they've become a home to some rather intense political activism as well as excluding certain ideas take the university of california berkeley as an example during the 1960 s. the campus was home to the free speech movement and upsurge demanding the right to discuss and debate off campus issues however lately it has become far less receptive to certain divergent ideas.
a columnist with right wing conservative views that are too extreme for some ann coulter opposes women's suffrage and called for militarily converting the middle east to christianity now arthur laffer is different from a man coulter arthur laffer served in the reagan white house he's not a pundit rather an economist he just wrote a book about trump's america 1st economic vision well being on the university students did not like that he was given a platform. for why the university had to issue an apology it seems like the rules of free expression and open discourse don't apply to rightwing speakers and approach from voices conservatives often complain about a perceived a liberal bias in academia damia and the constant curling of accusations of naziism
at right wing scholars samuel abrams a professor at sarah lawrence college actually called for regulating political balance this wolf the ideological distribution among college administrators should give off students and their families pose the ideological imbalance coupled with their agenda setting power threatens the free and open exchange of ideas which is precisely what we need to protect in higher education. in these politically polarized times now this idea of hiring professors based on their political views and mandating that it be 5050 among the left and right didn't go over too well in fact many called for him to be fired just for suggesting this is what new york city college students think about the atmosphere on the campuses any ideas that counteract this progressive movement or this so-called leftist movement often get met with a lot of backlash conservative professors or people with conservative viewpoints doesn't get shut out of the conversation would be compared it to me going into
a class that was something against what i believed and i make the same insight i like don't think that they shouldn't be allowed to do that when they hear whatever they want to hear it's not allowing them to experience new and different and challenging ideas that might open their eyes i do think that it is important to have different values share on campuses not just progressive values or ideas or the ones that cater to you we can't just allow ourselves to be put in an echo chamber of liberal ideas or an echo chamber of conservative ideas we have to be unbiased we have to look at you know different viewpoints and make our own decisions on them and if we only hear one side that's all we'll ever hear in the last several decades ideas described as liberal and progressive have pretty much become the dominant view of america's institutions of higher learning and despite rhetoric about diversity and freedom of expression these folks are pretty determined to keep it that way and don't mind silencing those who might disagree a little up and artsy new york americans call them. claims he was forced to leave
his job as a new york university liberal as professor off to airing his conservative views he says activists students are increasingly to the against lecture is that they don't agree with. i would call them ill liberals 1st of all they're not liberals they're air liberal leftists who are attempting to shut down any speech that they don't approve of even if they don't know what it is because in many cases they don't even know what the speaker say or have to say they don't even understand different few points lot of i'm listening to them they are complete political thought so think that their viewpoints are the only ones worthy of. a hearing and therefore they have turned the university into nothing but a semi violent echo chamber so yeah there is a new wave of activism but i wouldn't call it grassroots by any means it's it's an astro turf movement that is synthetic that's being whipped up by members of the
democratic and other. leftist groups and it is completely. frenzied it is now it is not rational at all. widely seen as germany's most important source of renewable energy wind power is suffering something of an economic blow but we can report the once thriving industry had been at the core of the country's attempt to try to get those carbon emissions down by 2030 and also account for the lion's share of electricity but financing and no support a fading as evangelise it says explains i think it goes on wavering commitment to protect the environment has earned her the nickname as the climate chancellor as part of her latest green initiative her government approved a 60000000000 euro package of climate policies it's aim to generate a 100 percent of its electricity supply using renewable energy by 2050 it's induced feast we as industrialized countries are also on the frontline we need to do
something to minimise our carbon footprint to stop climate change and reverse the rise in temperature if you push for climate protections it will cost money but this money's been spent if we ignore it i think it was. a smart money that's the truth the linchpin of germany's green shift is wind energy 'd ringback. considering that you wonder if the industry is booming well it's launched earlier this summer 'd zeman lost $2000000000.00 euros and had to cut $2700.00 jobs which half of those were here in germany and are called a nother giant in the industry had to cut twice as much as zimmerman did and it's blaming all that on the government the current energy and climate policy not only
jeopardizes the innovations in jobs created in our industry over the years but also climate protection and the energy transition as a whole after the federal government presented its climate protection package it became clear that the problems are even greater other companies have been hit even harder by the energy crisis nordics was in the red and was bought out by a spanish firm said the on had to file for bankruptcy you are probably wondering why is the green shift facing so many problems well even though many germans do agree with wind energy a lot of them are not keen on the idea of having a wind farm in their backyard. in an effort to appease protesters berlin announced new regulations forcing firms to seek permission from local authorities if they want to build within
a one kilometer of a residential area during approval however can take up to 2 hears the prospect of protracting the legal battles and delays is scaring off investors the fact that the federal government. threatening to sink to this over one of the most important aspects of our economy because of some public criticism over the initiatives shows the current political weakness studies show that if it wants to achieve its carbon neutrality by 2050 germany must increase its wind power production 6 fold but so far this year when energy witnessed a significant drop off as investors become increasingly wary about investing into the wind business the dream of turning germany into a green state seems to be fading eventually. and that's why things are looking so far this monday morning for the newsroom thanks ever so much kevin 0 in if you want to see much more from. a great place to be and also so social media as well you can have your say and all the stories you know that for me
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if the democrats should look to their own body when it comes to attacks on democracy the talks collapse in the world's youngest nation oil rich south sudan we ask the u.n. with a britain beza share of the blame in the country born of not being from london and hollywood's george clooney all the people coming up in today's going on the grab a 1st time or a donald trump rallies its supporters in florida as part of his campaign to retain the white house a 2020 but could he be depending on democrat dirty tricks to keep him on pennsylvania avenue last time around wiki leaks exposed attempts within the democratic national committee to favor alleged war criminal hillary clinton of a socialist when he signed as a democrat primaries but is the same thing happening all over again joining me now is jim going to run for congress in florida against d.n.c. boss debbie wasserman schultz who resigned of a wiki leaks revelations he joins me now from miami jim thanks for coming on before we get to florida and the peculiarities of the race in florida what was your take on the democratic presidential debate in the past few days and what's your take on
who's going to win is bernie sanders schools his supporters to order in new hampshire today well they spent the 1st hour of the debate discussing donald trump and impeachment and they were on agreement that donald trump is bad and we need this impeachment inquiry i'm not sure that's going to play well for them come next november you can already see that the impeachment inquiry is probably strengthened donald trump in some key swing states a poll that came out recently shows him ahead why i should say public opinion against the impeachment inquiry by a good margin now in wisconsin for instance i'm afraid that even media and other nato nations seems to reflect your media in the united states because they're very excited about the impeachment proceedings actually. and i think you're referring to that gallup poll which shows increased support for trump joining the cause of these impeachment hearings why is that you know 2016 was the year of the outsider and we
saw that in the democratic primaries with bernie sanders surging and of course the dirty tricks that the d.n.c. had to play to stop him and we saw it on the republican side with donald trump taking down the entire establishment and you know i think all of this impeachment inquiry makes donald trump look like he's still the outsider still battling the swamp inside of washington d.c. and i think after 2 years of the mother report the mother investigation and $30000000.00 plus i think a lot of americans are just tired at this point it's a lot of fatigue and there's been a lot of false alarms you know you can only be kind of the boy who cried wolf so many times and that's the way the democrats i think have been coming across as of late but surely you're not saying that joe biden as it was warren. is bad is the spectacular catastrophic candidate of clear.